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 for vary
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Vary \Va"ry\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Varied; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Varying.] [OE. varien, F. varier, L. variare, fr. varius
     various. See Various, and cf. Variate.]
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     1. To change the aspect of; to alter in form, appearance,
        substance, position, or the like; to make different by a
        partial change; to modify; as, to vary the properties,
        proportions, or nature of a thing; to vary a posture or an
        attitude; to vary one's dress or opinions.
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              Shall we vary our device at will,
              Even as new occasion appears?         --Spenser.
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     2. To change to something else; to transmute; to exchange; to
        alternate.
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              Gods, that never change their state,
              Vary oft their love and hate.         --Waller.
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              We are to vary the customs according to the time and
              country where the scene of action lies. --Dryden.
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     3. To make of different kinds; to make different from one
        another; to diversify; to variegate.
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              God hath varied their inclinations.   --Sir T.
                                                    Browne.
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              God hath here
              Varied his bounty so with new delights. --Milton.
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     4. (Mus.) To embellish; to change fancifully; to present
        under new aspects, as of form, key, measure, etc. See
        Variation, 4.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Vary \Va"ry\, n.
     Alteration; change. [Obs.] --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Vary \Va"ry\, v. i.
     1. To alter, or be altered, in any manner; to suffer a
        partial change; to become different; to be modified; as,
        colors vary in different lights.
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              That each from other differs, first confess;
              Next, that he varies from himself no less. --Pope.
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     2. To differ, or be different; to be unlike or diverse; as,
        the laws of France vary from those of England.
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     3. To alter or change in succession; to alternate; as, one
        mathematical quantity varies inversely as another.
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              While fear and anger, with alternate grace,
              Pant in her breast, and vary in her face. --Addison.
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     4. To deviate; to depart; to swerve; -- followed by from; as,
        to vary from the law, or from reason. -- Locke.
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     5. To disagree; to be at variance or in dissension; as, men
        vary in opinion.
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              The rich jewel which we vary for.     --Webster
                                                    (1623).
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  vary
      v 1: become different in some particular way, without
           permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or
           essence; "her mood changes in accordance with the weather";
           "The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according
           to the season" [syn: change, alter, vary]
      2: be at variance with; be out of line with [syn: deviate,
         vary, diverge, depart] [ant: conform]
      3: be subject to change in accordance with a variable; "Prices
         vary"; "His moods vary depending on the weather"
      4: make something more diverse and varied; "Vary the menu" [syn:
         vary, variegate, motley]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  194 Moby Thesaurus words for "vary":
     accommodate, adapt, adjust, agree to disagree, alter, alternate,
     ameliorate, analyze, anatomize, atomize, back and fill,
     be at cross-purposes, be changed, be converted into, be distinct,
     be distinguished, be renewed, bear off, bend, better, bottom out,
     branch off, break, break off, break up, camouflage, change,
     change the bearing, checker, chop, chop and change, chop logic,
     clash, clash with, collide, come about, come around, come round,
     conflict, conflict with, contradict, contrast with, convert,
     counter, curve, deform, degenerate, denature, depart, depart from,
     desynonymize, deteriorate, detour, deviate, deviate from, differ,
     difference, differentiate, digress, disaccord, disaccord with,
     disagree, disagree with, discord, discriminate, disequalize,
     disguise, disjoin, dissent, dissimilate, distinguish, disunify,
     dither, divagate, divaricate, divaricate from, diverge,
     diverge from, diversify, divide, ebb and flow, equivocate, extend,
     fit, flop, flounder, fluctuate, go, go through phases, haul around,
     heel, improve, individualize, individuate, intermit, jangle, jar,
     jar with, jibe, jostle, lack regularity, make a distinction, mark,
     mark off, mark out, meliorate, mismatch, mismate, mitigate, modify,
     modulate, mutate, negate, not accord with, not square with, object,
     oscillate, overthrow, part, particularize, pendulate, personalize,
     qualify, re-create, realign, rebuild, reconstruct, redesign,
     refashion, refine a distinction, refit, reform, relieve, remake,
     remodel, renew, reorganize, reshape, restructure, revamp, revive,
     ring changes, ring the changes, run, seesaw, segregate, separate,
     set apart, set off, sever, severalize, sheer, shift,
     shift the scene, shilly-shally, shuffle, shuffle the cards,
     specialize, split hairs, stagger, stand apart, stand over against,
     subvert, sway, swerve, swing, switch, tack, take a turn, teeter,
     teeter-totter, tergiversate, totter, transform, trend, turn,
     turn aside, turn into, turn the corner, turn the scale,
     turn the tables, turn the tide, turn upside down, undergo a change,
     vacillate, variate, variegate, veer, warp, waver, wax and wane,
     wobble, work a change, worsen
  
  

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